We talk a lot about the rampant misinformation 'out there' about D. I find myself, after hearing some of it, saying "I wanted to scream!!"
I found this on eHow this morning, cited in a post from one D to another elsewhere in the DOC. It's from eHow health:
A fatally high blood sugar level is anything above 550. It's possible for an adult to reach even higher levels before exhibiting any symptoms or problems. When the level reaches 600, the person develops hyperosmolar syndrome, which can cause diabetic coma and death.
Doctors say that a blood sugar level below 50 is fatal. Levels below 60, even in a healthy person, are potentially fatal, especially if the blood sugar drops quickly.
I wanted to scream!!!
I can't abide the commercials that seem to come on every 10 minutes telling us we don't have to prick our fingers any more if we use THIS meter.
non D's completely uninformed views on diabetes... like when they see you testing and say "oh my grandmother does that , your really young to have diabetes, i thought only older people had it."... or my faavorite "your too thin to have diabetes, i thought only obese people get it.".... it just makes me wanna reach out and touch them forcefully in the face!... of course there are more things that just make me want to scream.. i could go on for days
The 13 year old.
LOL I remember...that DOES top all ;)
Shysters selling snake oil on the internet drive me crazy. If a person goes on the internet searching for diabetes information or information about almost any condition they will be bombarded by all kinds of remedies the majority of which are useless if not dangerous.
There are many good sources of information on the internet but unfortunately you have to wade thru tons of trash to get to it.
When people act like a cure is just around the corner. "Did you hear about this breakthrough, maybe you won't have diabetes soon!?"
Also, when people seem to think my pump is automatic and that I don't have highs and lows anymore, and/or make a big deal about highs and lows I do have. I have highs and lows ever day, there is nothing automatic my pump does to prevent them, and for every time I might mention that I'm high/low there's a thousand other times I don't.
I know my friends and family care; they want me to be healthy and in a healthy BG range all the time, but the two things that drive me nuts are:
1 - They almost always get the treatment options backwards. When I am low, they think I should take MORE insulin; high, they say I should eat something.
2 - They act like everything should be an EXACT math formula. By extension, I should just eat the same thing at the same time everyday ... sheesh!
When she found out I had T1, a friend mentioned another friend we have with it and said, "I had to give him insulin once; he was really out of it." I didn't have the energy to explain she probably gave him glucose in some form or another.
Went to a pain management clinic ~ First I was asked "How can I help you?" by the doctor. Duh.
The next question after stating I was a Type 1 diabetic was, "Do you take insulin?"
I did manage to get some Tramadol for pain relief, but barely, after that insulin question made me so freaked out, I almost left the appointment.
after stating I was a Type 1 diabetic was, "Do you take insulin?"
I try not to let any of it get to me but......
I think I get most angry when "experts" on TV start talking about diabetes and are clearly referring to T2, but NEVER mention that fact.
I hate that too, Shawnmarie and in general I hate any "experts" who are giving out incorrect information, because a) they should know better and b) they are in a position to influence others, both PWD's and professionals. (I guess my personal favorite is when they quote the outdated figure of 10% for Type 1 and state or imply that it is still "juvenile diabetes" (thus leading to misdiagnosis of people who are diagnosed as adults)as well as excluding Type 1's who were diagnosed as children but are now adults and have few resources available to them because the Type 1 services are geared to children and they don't relate to the Type 2 services.
But yes, I to try not to scream at all the things that frustrate me in life because I'd get a sore throat.
Some additions for me... the occasional eye roll when I'm low and have to wait to do what I was planning. "If you'd exercise and lose weight...." I'm no string bean (bmi 25) but c'mon!